Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) congratulates Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) after the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Colts defeat Chiefs 23-7: Andrew Luck helps out the Denver Broncos

A couple weeks ago the Denver Broncos helped out the Indianapolis Colts by defeated the Tennessee Titans. With that loss by the Titans, it helped them clinch the division for the first time in the post Manning era.

Today, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts returned the favor by helping the Broncos clinch the AFC West and a first round bye.

Running back Jamaal Charles was coming off a monster game against the Oakland Raiders where he had one of the best games of his career with five touchdowns.

Charles rushed for over 100 yards on 13 carries and recorded a 31 yard rushing touchdown to start off the scoring. It would be Kansas City’s only score of the game.

Colts running back Donald Brown had himself a great game today as he record two touchdowns that went for over 30 plus yards. His first touchdown was a 33 yard touchdown reception from Luck that put them up 10-7 in the second quarter of the game.

Brown and Trent Richardson piled on the rushing yards against Kansas City’s stingy defense. Richardson rushed for 43 on 16 carries while Brown recorded 79 off 10 carries.

Second year pro Andrew Luck completed 26 of 37 passing attempts for 241 passing yards and one touchdown. Leading receiver for the Colts was Griff Whalen who had 80 yards receiving off seven receptions.

Luck had four receivers over 30 receiving yards.

Alex Smith and this offense was quiet all day and absolutely hammered by Indy’s defense. He was sacked four times for a total of 21 yards and threw two interceptions. He passed for over 150 yards while completing 16 of 29 passing attempts.

Dwayne Bowe was the leading receiver for the Chiefs today with 46 receiving yards.

Today’s loss by the Kansas City Chiefs allowed Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to clinch the AFC West. Denver also clinched a first round bye and could be playing for home field advantage.

Next week the Indianapolis Colts will host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kansas City will travel to take on the San Diego Chargers.

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Tags: Alex Smith Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs

  • Roc

    Play calling on offense looked extremely vanilla today for the Chiefs. I’m not saying they weren’t trying to win today, but compared to the last two weeks the offensive play calling just wasn’t very creative, hoping the reason for that was to conceal their strategy in case they end up playing Indy again in two weeks

  • DXW

    To be fair, Denver didn’t need help from Luck. It’s not like Denver wasn’t going to win the division. If the Chiefs had somehow managed to defy logic and win today, the Broncos would’ve just taken it next week.

    • Richard Hedrick

      To be fair, Indy didn’t need help from Manning. It’s not like Indy
      wasn’t going to win the division. If the Titans had somehow managed to
      defy logic beat the Broncos, the Colts would’ve just taken it when they played the Texans.

      • DXW

        I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make.

        The headline says Luck helped the Broncos by beating the Chiefs, but there was never a chance of Denver losing either of their last two games, just like there was never a chance of KC winning either of their last two games… So, the headline is giving Luck and the Colts credit for something they don’t deserve. Denver earned the #1 seed on their own.

        The Colts winning their division is irrelevant.

        • Richard Hedrick

          Try reading the article again….it leads with the “help” the Broncos gave the Colts….your comment is just as irrelevant.

          • DXW

            Yeah, I got that… What I didn’t get was why you plagiarized my post to make a comment that had nothing to do with what I was talking about. I get you were attempting to be clever, I just didn’t see the point. Now I get that you were just posting to post and didn’t really have anything to add. I probably should’ve assumed that from the start.

          • Richard Hedrick

            Well you’re just a troll coming on a Colts story and talking about the Broncos….back to the Broncos page with you.

          • DXW

            No, you’re a troll coming on a Broncos story and talking about the Colts… I couldn’t care less about the Colts.